Robert Burgess, PhD


Associate Professor of Medicine



BS, Biochemistry & Physiology, Michigan State University
PhD, Neurosciences, Staford University
Postdoctoral Training, Washington University, St Louis



Campus: The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
Office: Snell 3295
Laboratory: Snell 3300

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-288-6706
Lab Phone: 207-288-6707
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Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

The Burgess lab seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and maintenance at two sites in the nervous system, the peripheral neuromuscular junction and the retina. We are presently examining mutations in agrin, glycyl- and tyrosyl tRNA synthetase, Dscam, and Dscam-Like1. In all of these studies, we are addressing basic molecular mechanisms, but these basic mechanisms also have relevance to a variety of human diseases. Our continued research on these genes, and our continuing effort to identify new genes involved in these processes, will increase our understanding of the molecules required to form and maintain synaptic connectivity in the nervous system.

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research